Entries by Rivka Levy

Running on empty

I wake up at the moment feeling like I have 10 mountains to climb before lunch. And I can’t do it. Most of the time, my modus operandi in life is to just kind of ‘push through’ and get to the finish line on stuff, on projects – and then have a few days of being ill […]

Russia’s first ‘modern Jews’ – Part 1

Let’s return to some solid ‘real history’ sources. You may not know this about me, but I read like a demento, and I have been going through a ton of source material trying to figure out what is really going on with ‘real Jewish history’. Most of the clues I find are hidden in books […]

The Land of Confusion

Yesterday, I dragged the massive suitcase full of ‘family trees’ out from under the bed. And I threw away most of what was inside. I’ve been doing this stuff for five years already, I am so, so, so sick of it. I want to give up. So I came home from the Rav yesterday – […]

Back to Meron, and some more thoughts

I just got back from Meron. There’s an idea that the soul of the tzaddikim are more ‘present’ by their graves not only on the day of the hiloula itself, but also three days before, and three days afterwards. Even though the failed State said they were closing Rashbi down for five days before Lag Bomer, […]

Betzalel didn’t make it

Betzalel Tzvi ben Orly Rivka just passed away. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. He’s in a much, much better place, that much is certain. == The family member told me that before the booby-trapped house exploded in Gaza, killing three of his colleagues and seriously wounding Betzalel and others, the soldiers had asked for a dog to […]

Why do they keep wrecking Meron L’ag B’omer?

I woke up today not feeling very happy, for reasons I can’t really pin down. ***UPDATE: Please pray for BETZALEL TZVI ben ORLI RIVKA, seriously injured along with three Netzach Yehuda soldiers who were killed a couple of days ago. He’s the BIL of my friend’s brother, and he’s really not doing well.*** BH, we […]

Prayer to be saved from anti-semitism

The Rav put this out a few months ago. And I’ve been meaning to translate it for a while, but didn’t get around to it. Today, I finally sat down and did it, BH. I hope it won’t need to be used too much…. but with all the ‘crazy’ going on in the world right […]

Charidee and corruption in Eretz Yisrael – Part III

In this post, we take a closer look at KOLLEL RASSEINI of VILNA. ***UPDATES and a v interesting picture*** Hopefully, you managed to digest Part I and 2 already. The bottom line is that so many of the ‘disagreements’ between people we were told are ‘mitnagdim’ and ‘chassidim’, and also between different ‘chassiduts’, and also, […]